Cozy Books for Chilly Days (a winter book list)

The warmth of the holiday season has passed, and the short days and long, cold evenings of winter are upon us. What better time to cuddle up with your kids and read a good book? This month we share some titles that highlight the beauty of the winter season. As always, we think borrowing books […]

Montessori Basics: The Language Curriculum

Have you ever wondered how Montessori guides teach children about language? Parents are often astounded when they observe children learning to read at a young age in our schools. What’s the secret? There’s no secret – we’re happy to share our methods! Read on to learn more about our approach, how we align our teaching […]

Work or Play? A Peek Inside the Montessori Classroom

You know Montessori classrooms are different than most. You’ve heard the rumors: children run around doing whatever they please. It’s all play and no work. Or perhaps you’ve heard the opposite: our structures are so rigid we stifle creativity and natural childhood behavior. What’s it really like? We can practically guarantee that once you step […]

Montessori vs. Traditional School: What’s the Difference?

As a parent, choosing the best program for your child can be overwhelming.  Their education, after all, will impact their relationship with learning — in school and beyond. It can also help your child discover their strengths and interests, whatever they may be. During your search, you might wonder about the benefits of Montessori vs. […]

Booklist: Hygge Edition!

If you haven’t already noticed the slight chill in the morning air, the changing seasons are likely creeping into your thoughts.  Winter is coming, as they say.  This has us looking forward to cozy evenings curled up on the couch with our families.  In recent years, the ideas of the Danish concept of hygge have […]

On the Topic of Competition

You may have noticed that in Montessori schools, we do not typically encourage competition between children.  Our lack of traditional grading is one obvious marker of this approach, but you will notice that the lack of peer competition threads itself pretty much throughout the entire program.  This is quite intentional, and we work hard to […]

Montessori Basics: How we Teach Handwriting

Handwriting or penmanship; no matter what you call it, it was likely an important part of your early education.  Pressured by time and content constraints, many schools have abandoned explicit handwriting instruction.  This is resulting in a generation of children who do not know how to write in cursive, and who sometimes even struggle to […]

Holiday Gift Giving Guide 2019

Believe it or not, the holiday season is rapidly approaching! Looking for some great gift ideas?  Below are some links and ideas for gift giving ages infant- 10 yrs old! A Montessori gift guide for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers Montessori Friendly Gift Ideas from 6 to 10   Montessori Infant Mobiles Montessori infant environments traditionally […]

Montessori Basics: Reality vs. Fantasy

Our Montessori Basics posts are created in order to teach parents about Montessori philosophy and curriculum.  Today’s post helps illuminate how one element of the philosophy drives the curriculum.  We all know Montessori classrooms differ vastly from their more conventional, traditional counterparts, and views on how children developmentally react to fantasy and reality are one […]

How to Guide Your Child Through Their Emotions

Human emotion.  We are so very lucky to each experience such a wide-ranging set of feelings, but that experience can be quite the roller coaster! As adults, our own emotions can sometimes get the best of us.  How might we help our children find healthy ways to navigate through their own? Choosing a title for […]